George O. Petrie

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George O. Petrie
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Petrie as the star of Charlie Wild, Private Detective on radio, 1950.
Born(1912-11-16)November 16, 1912
DiedNovember 16, 1997(1997-11-16) (aged 85)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Years active1944–1996
Spouse(s)Patricia Pope (1918- ) 2 children

George O. Petrie (November 16, 1912 – November 16, 1997) was an American radio and television actor.

Early years[edit]

Petrie was born on November 16, 1912 in New Haven, Connecticut.[1]


Petrie started in radio drama, including playing the title roles in Charlie Wild, Private Detective[2] and in The Adventures of the Falcon.[3] He played Bill Grant in Call the Police[2] and appeared on programs such as the syndicated horror program "Murder at Midnight" in 1947. as well as the recurring role of DA Markham in the syndicated "Philo Vance" radio series from 1948-1950.


Petrie's film credits include At Sword's Point (1952), Baby Boom (1987), and Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987).


On The Honeymooners, he had recurring character roles throughout the series. He appeared on the popular prime time soap opera Dallas and the 1996 Sequel Dallas: J.R. Returns, in the recurring role of attorney Harv Smithfield.

Other television credits include: Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip, The Twilight Zone, Leave It to Beaver,[4][5] The Andy Griffith Show, Perry Mason, Dr. Kildare, Bonanza, The Addams Family, The Munsters, The Wild Wild West, Hawaii Five-O, Little House on the Prairie, Ironside,The Edge of Night, Combat!, Maude, Gunsmoke, The Paper Chase,[6] Three's Company, Cagney and Lacey, Dynasty, Quincy, M.E., Knight Rider, St. Elsewhere, Wiseguy, Night Court, Gomer Pyle USMC, Mad About You and L.A. Law.


Petrie died of lymphoma on his 85th birthday in Los Angeles. He and his wife, the former Patricia Pope, had two children.


Year Title Role Notes
1944 Winged Victory Barker
1947 Boomerang Harry O'Shea - Public Defender Uncredited
1950 Swiss Tour Sidney
1952 At Sword's Point Chalais
1962 Gypsy George
1963 Hud Joe Scanlon
1963 Wall of Noise Mr. Tom Harrington
1964 Dead Ringer Eddie Krauss Uncredited
1964 He Rides Tall Crowley
1968 What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Bolton Uncredited
1976 Raid on Entebbe Chaim Zadok TV movie
1977 Telefon Hotel Desk Clerk
1978 The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2 Doctor in Los Angeles
1981 Goldie and the Boxer Go to Hollywood Frank TV movie
1983 Wavelength Dr. Savianno
1987 Baby Boom Everett Sloane
1987 Planes, Trains and Automobiles Martin
1992 Folks! Sammy


  1. ^ DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. Pp. 215-216.
  2. ^ a b Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 131.
  3. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 13.
  4. ^ "The Credit Card". Internet Movie Database. Leave It to Beaver. 7 February 1963. Episode 215 (season 6, episode 20). Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  5. ^ "Summer in Alaska". Internet Movie Database. Leave It to Beaver. 9 May 1963. Episode 228 (season 6, episode 33). Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  6. ^ The Paper Chase, Season 1, Episode 17: "The Apprentice" (YouTube)

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